A collision between a Ford Taurus and a trailer being hauled by a big rig closed Highway 108 in Sonora for two and a half hours Wednesday morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol - Sonora area, the 70-year-old westbound driver of the Ford Taurus lost control of his car when nearing a maintenance work area and crashed into the rear of a trailer being hauled by the big rig in the opposite lane.

The impact overturned the trailer, spilling large rock gravel into the road and into two other westbound vehicles.

"The big rig driver alertly drove into the south shoulder dragging the overturned trailer to the side to minimize the impact of passing traffic" said CHP Sonora officer John Chituras on scene.

The driver of the 2018 Kenworth three-axle truck was identified as Thomas Wright, 69, of the Knights Ferry.

At about 7:54 a.m., Wright was driving eastbound on Highway 108, west of Peaceful Oak Drive in Sonora, at about 40 miles per hour.

Ming Fung, 70, of Twain Harte, was driving westbound in a 2004 Ford Taurus at 55 miles per hour and lost control when he attempted to slow down with the flow of traffic. When he hit the brakes sharply, he traveled toward the big rig and crashed into the left rear axle of the trailer.

Fung sustained minor injuries to his arms from his airbag deploying and Wright did not sustain any injuries.

Highway 108 was closed between Mono Way and Peaceful Oak Drive while officials cleared the road of the spilled debris and the totalled Taurus. Through traffic was detoured westbound onto upper Mono Way and eastbound onto Peaceful Oak Drive.

At 9:20 a.m., CalTrans crews were using shovels, large metal racks and brooms to clear the large rock gravel from the highway.

A heavy duty tow truck was required to haul the trailer from the scene.

The highway reopened at about 10:30 a.m.

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